Toxins killed cows - ministry

Southland Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson has warned against jumping to conclusions about the HT [herbicide tolerant] swede variety until the final verdict is out on the deaths of hundreds of Southland dairy cows.

Southland dairy cow deaths blamed on high concentrations of naturally occurring toxins in a variety of swedes.

Fonterra's fed-up farmers risk

Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman Ian Brown.

Fonterra is facing a supplier crisis of confidence and risks haemorrhaging milk to private companies.

Big Synlait Milk loss

Dairy company Synlait has been investing in its capability including an expanded warehouse at its Dunsandel, Canterbury, plant.

7:18 PM  Synlait Milk posts a $6.4m net loss after tax for the first six months of the 2015 financial year.

Farm's failures mystify judge

Waikato river

Company which owns dairy farm has copped $26k in fines for illegally disturbing riverbed.

Dismay over poor result

Fonterra payout v global dairy trade.

Fonterra facing calls for more forward disclosure after revealing a disappointing half-year result.

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opinion

Lively debate part of process

The Age - GENERIC - 3 June 2008 - Dairy cows wait their turn to enter the milking machine for their afternoon milking session on a dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. Picture by Paul Rovere

OPINION: Finger pointed at the Greens for misinterpretations and misrepresentations about dairy conversions in the Waikato.

Report calls for overhaul of red meat industry

OPINION: When it comes to arguments over how to structure New Zealand agriculture, it seems there's nothing new under the sun.

Guns are well ahead of butter in US

Analysing wine's cash harvest

Fieldays

Free haircuts spur agri hopefuls

Louise Wilson gives Manu Kokako a haircut after he completed the Get Ahead challenge at the Central Districts Field Days.

Students considering a career in the agricultural industry are sporting slick new hairdos after completing the Get Ahead challenge.

Wood chips and sales fly video

The sun came out and so did the crowds as the Central Districts Field Days celebrated all things rural.

Maurice Woods, a cropping contractor from Methven, left, chats with Scott MacMillan of Carrfields Ltd by a Lexion combine harvester at the annual South Island Agricultural Field Days held at Kirwee in Canterbury.

Full exposure at new site

Improved South Island Field Days site a big hit with farmers.

dairy

Synlait Milk posts $6.4m net loss for first half

Dairy company Synlait has been investing in its capability including an expanded warehouse at its Dunsandel, Canterbury, plant.

7:18 PM  Synlait Milk has posted a $6.4m net loss for the first six months to January 31.

Farm's failures mystify judge

J and J Watt Limited, which owns a Cambridge dairy farm, has copped $26k in fines.

Mary Vosper is producing organic milk from a mini-factory inside a shipping container on her family's Matamata farm.

Direct route for dairy farm

A Matamata family's answer to a low dairy payout is to process their own milk in a shipping container and sell it direct to the customer.

advice

Farmer outlines the path up

Sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on his Marlborough farm.

Working harder isn't always working smarter.

Dealing with heat stress in horses

Nutrition is an important factor in how horses cope with heat.

Fodder beet.

Caution still needed in fodder beet feeding

Stock will continue to die if they are not properly transitioned on to fodder beet, an animal health expert has warned.

aquaculture

Extended farm gets consent

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

An extended Pelorus mussel farm has been granted resource consent to operate for another 20 years.

Green-lipped bounty all ours

OPINION: If New Zealand is to double agri-food exports by 2025 then we are going to need some lateral thinking.

Top fish: NZ King Salmon's Ora King product is considered a world leader.

Swimming with the export tide

One of New Zealand's most exclusive food products, King Salmon, is making an impact in the US.

beef

Sheep and beef prices tipped to rise

Prices for beef and sheep are predicted to rise in April.

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

New Zealand signs free trade deal with South Korea

NZ signs free trade deal with South Korea and beef and dairy industries to be biggest beneficiaries.

Supreme winners of 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award are, from left, William Akers, Laura Oughton, Judy Akers and Hugh Akers.

Guardians of the land - a family tradition

Heritage is important to the family at Broadlands Station which recently won an environment award.

Sheep

Teen's death rocks community

Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, died unexpectedly in Te Kuiti on Monday.

Sudden death of promising shearer Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, causes shockwaves.

Cavalier's wool takeover approved

Competition to substantially lessen but Cavalier Wool Holdings gets approval to buy NZ Wool Services International.

Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, died unexpectedly in Te Kuiti on Monday.

Teen shearing champ dies

The shearing community is in shock after an up and coming champion and member of a stalwart shearing family died unexpectedly.

cropping

Kiwifruit heads off to Japan

kiwifruit

The first of the new season's kiwifruit set sail for Japan yesterday, with Zespri predicting volumes will be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

Dry produces good quality apples

Dry weather is providing a helping hand to a local orchard months after hail wrecked up to half its crop.

Women from Vanuatu at the Motueka Sunday market. From left, Annie Rueben,
Ariane Kalsrap, Anika John and Renee Jack.

Praying for good news

Nelson's orchard workers from Vanuatu face an anxious wait for news after Cyclone Pam devastated the island nation.

agribusiness

Toxins killed cows

Southland Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson has warned against jumping to conclusions about the HT [herbicide tolerant] swede variety until the final verdict is out on the deaths of hundreds of Southland dairy cows.

Southland dairy cow deaths blamed on high concentrations of naturally occurring toxins in a variety of swedes.

Investors backing Lincoln University farms

Major companies are putting big money into Lincoln University's growing demonstration and research farms base.

Sheep feed on dry pasture.

Big dry a haphazard blight for farmers

The unfairness of drought has some hit home for some Canterbury farmers.

Discovery

Better deer health can lift profits

Deer

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Eczema fight lessons learned

Beef cattle are affected by facial eczema. It affects their liveweight gains, which ultimately hits farmers in the back pocket.

Farmers hear from Scottish precision farming expert Jim Wilson at a field day on 2013 Ballance farm environment supreme award winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie's property near Methven in Mid Canterbury.

Precision tools help

Adopting precision agriculture tools and techniques can save arable farmers thousands as well as boosting yields, a visiting expert.

rural women

'Timely' dairy workshop

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas on her Wreys Bush farm.

Southland's female dairy farmers will meet tomorrow to discuss how to plan for the future.

Dairy awards winners named

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

19032015. Photo: Phil McCarthy/Fairfax NZ
Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

West Coast dairy farmer wins big

Dairy Woman of the Year award winner Katie Milne is preparing to rub shoulders with some of the best minds in business.

Video

Wagging tails at work

Companies with pet-friendly policies are barking up the right tree.

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